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    Return after many years

    Hello everyone, its been about 15 years since I last looked at this forum or posted, life and family prioritised and just became too busy, and I probably thought I didn't have anything else of value to contribute. Anyway I now have time and a real interest in helping especially new amputees. Briefly, 62 yrs old, right above knee amp since 1991, retired, living Queensland Australia. I was a socket wearer up to July 2012, when I underwent Osseointegration by Prof Munjed Al Muderis, I was his 13th Osseo patient. It changed my life in so many ways due to no more socket issues and being able to feel the ground through my prosthesis, which makes walking feel so much more normal, being able to sit on a bar stool, and not break toilet seats, and not wear out the back on a pair of pants. As said my interest is helping fellow Amputees, I am a volunteer Peer Support for Limbs 4 Life Australia, as such we visit mainly new amputees, or "prospective amputees" either in hospital or elsewhere to provide an ear etc. All those years ago I suggested to Johnny V that there should be a forum named "A funny thing happened on the way to the forum". i just had another look and there are still some great stories. Regards to all Glenn
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    Australian Prosthetics

    Hello Retta, Johnny V sent me a message re your post, I'm affraid I have'nt been keeping upto date with whats happening on this site for a while, applogies for that. I can recomend my legman, David Howells, in Sydney. David is very up to date with whats available worldwide, and is also a damn nice bloke. He owns Advanced Prosthetic in Sydney and I travel from Cairns to utilise his services. They have a web site - http://www.advancedprosthetic.com.au/ with all contact details listed there. best of luck, and Happy New Year to all. Rgds Glenn
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    Air Travel

    Hi folks, I have flown many many times since my RBK and never had any physical problems (other than the foot coming loose as in the funny stories topic). I concur with what Dwayne said re "bulk head seating" if this seat is in the exit row, the airline cannot legally seat you there. Re airport security - many airports will now pat search you through security. One reminder to all, when flying your body swells slightly due to the lower than sea level air pressure the aircraft cabin is kept at, don't be tempted to remove your prothesis for comfort, you might'nt get it back on straight away when you land. Rgds Glenn
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    Brenda & Don, I agree, kids are the best, they just are'nt inhibited like adults when it comes to looking or asking questions. I remember just after I got out of hospital, and before I had total confidence in my "walking" ability on my training prothesis, I was at the local shopping centre using crutches instead of wearing my leg. I ran into an friend who was shopping with her very young child. While talking to my friend the child knelt down on the floor to look up my shorts to try and find my leg. I thought it was the funniest thing, but the mother was mortified. Rgds Glenn
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    Hello from Iceland

    Welcome to the group Selma, and sorry to hear of your accident. You have come to the right place to share your story and experiences. It's good to hear from others that have been through similiar experiences and share the same loss. But also, it also sounds like you were lucky it was only your leg that was damaged, like any accident.... it could have been worse. It's great to hear that you are doing well on your prosthetic leg, are you back working? I'm 47, and have been an AK since 1991, also due to an accident. It was also great to see you attached a photo, I have a few similar photos of myself in the same position, they are now my only memory of my early time in hospital. Rgds and Best Wishes Glenn :)
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    Hello From Connecticut

    Hello and welcome aboard Peggy, There are plenty of positive people in this group who like yourself didn't know how strong they were until tested. Rgds Glenn
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    Hello from Wellington, New Zealand

    Welcome aboard David, Sounds like NZ does some good things for amputees. Keep practicing with the leg, it will take a little while to get used to it but in no time all will feel "normal" again Rgds Glenn
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    To niki Lea

    Hello Group, I just found a web site for a prosthetic manufacturer that is full of information for amputees, they have mailing list section where you can be emailed re any new products. I signed up today and the first email redirected me to the site "Best foot foward". An article there was about an adjustable foot to allow varying heel height shoes. I have cut and pasted the article = Calling all shoe lovers! Elation™ For those who like to live life to the full. Elation, feel the energy! If you’re an amputee who likes your shoes, chances are you will have been frustrated at one time or another with the restricted choice available to you. Not to mention the whole process of adjusting or changing your prosthesis in order to change heel height. Well, you’ll be very glad to hear there is a new product out in the Flex-Foot range that solves this old dilemma! The name is Elation™, a foot that combines simple heel height adjustability with the superior function you would expect from Flex-Foot. Ideal for anyone with a love of shoes, the heel height can be regularly adjusted to any level between 0 and 5cm (2") at the touch of a button. And, as mentioned, there is no longer any need to sacrifice function in order to achieve such flexibility. The patented Flex-Foot technology utilized in the design of Elation ensures good energy storage and return, producing a smoother and more comfortable walk. Extensive trials of Elation were completed in 2002 and enthusiastic users have been commenting on its smooth roll-over behavior, the lifelike foot cover with its sandal toe feature, and their joy at being able to swap shoes whenever they want without any fuss. Already in great demand, prosthetists are equally pleased with Elation. Integral to the design is a ‘rocker plate’, which allows the foot to adjust automatically to the load applied. This ensures the right level of stiffness for each individual’s weight and activity level. The specially contoured keel is made from 100% carbon fiber making it flexible as well as energy-efficient. For fitting purposes, Elation comes with a choice of integrated male pyramid or tube clamp. Rated for amputees weighing up to 100kg, Elation is perfect for low to moderate impact levels. So, go dig out your sandals, your cowboy boots and your dancing shoes. The choice is now yours! The shortcut to this article is = http://www.ossur.com/bestfootforward Rgds Glenn
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    Need to be strong for her

    Hello again Donna, I have been following the posts since your first entry and from my experience you are doing everything right for yourself, and/but you will also need to get Katie talking about herself and her fears also. The last sentence in your last post jumped out at me "Well, I've gone and run on again but thanks for listening...as I CERTAINLY can not budget in a shrink at this point." My reasoning for saying this - sorry but must start with my story - My amputation was due to an accident, I was packing the boot (trunk in USA) when a drunk driver ran into the back of my wifes car. Pretty much took my right leg off then and there, lost heaps of blood etc and the ambulance drivers didn't give me much chance of making the hospital. Was very lucky and made it to hospital, I had great surgeon's who spent 5 weeks trying to save the leg, in theatre every 3 days due skin grafts etc, but unfortunately got an infection in the new grafted artery which eventually burst, I had another cardiac arrest due blood loss, but fortunately was found and restocked with blood while they pulled what was left of my leg apart to stem the blood flow. I had to get back to work as soon as possible as - I am the family breadwinner. I am the "man" of the family. I had to get back to work to prove to myself that I was still a "complete" man etc - acceptable to my wife and children.........yes I agree it was all b...s..., but that was what was in my head. I was back at work 6 weeks after I left hospital. Why did I think like this - because I didn't have anyone to share my thoughts and fears with. Many many friends and family, but nobody to really talk too. 18 months later I was seeing a psychiatrist due my personal life was going to hell. I was doing a great job at work but my family was suffering due to my personal insecurities within myself. His advise - write about myself (to myself only at first), talk about my fears, difficulties, frustrations & insecurities. Talk about myself . It was only then, expressing myself in the written word that I started to heal and understand myself, accept myself, because I could read what I wrote, as against "thinking my thoughts". Sorry you had to read all that babble......the only reason I told you all that is to point out - don't bottle your feelings/needs in, express them somehow ..... such as posting in this forum. You don't know anyone here so you can be very honest with your thoughts/fears, vent your anger.... then your mind clears and allows the real healing process to begin. I had to pay for this self-healing suggestion from a psychiatrist, I'm glad I did as it worked for me. Best wishes Glenn
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    Life is so funny sometimes..

    Good stuff Brenda, That duct tape comes in handy. I had a similiar breakage a few years ago, I was walking in a shopping centre and the bolt that held my foot on also broke, and it went off with a bang. It sounded like a gun shot. Rgds Glenn :) :)
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    Need to be strong for her

    Hello Katie's Mum, Wow, what a very sad story. I feel very much for Katie...and you, she has physically lost so much, and typically, those around us also suffer so much. Probably, nobody will ever be able to explain why, to your satisfaction, but it has happened. The answers will eventulate but unfortunately that will not change what has happened, you still have a beautiful, 5'9", willowy, blue-eyed blonde, age 23 daughter. She still has a lifetime to experience, dreams to fulfil, and her own mountains to climb. All of us here understand the angst both she and yourself currently feel. It's not easy at first, but fortunately life goes on, those mountains that seem so unclimbable at first are breached, please believe - the goals can be reached. It will take support from you,, but you are a mother, thats your job. For yourself - Katies mum - vent your anger..... you have every right. Sometimes life is not fair, but it is life, it's the way it is, we can't turn back the clock, we can't change what has happened, the only choice we really have is the way we react to todays situations. Be strong for Katie, when you think she's ready introduce her to this forum, there are many positive people here she can talk too. regards, love & best wishes to you both Glenn
  12. Hi there phharr, Good to hear you liked the story, and relearning to drive, well done. Please let me know how you go with the new leg, and the driving. Remember - one leg infront of the other, keep moving foward, enjoy the achievement of reaching new goals. Life's great isn't it !!!!!!! and laughter really is great medicine. :) :) :) :) Rgds Glenn
  13. :) :) :) Hello again all, You can tell this topic was my idea as I’ve been thinking about what I would add if the topic was accepted. Another predicament I found myself in, or you could say, how to win over difficult customers. This happened in the first week after I returned to work, I’d only been out of hospital for 4 weeks after the above knee amputation of my right leg. I was on one of those fibreglass matting and plaster “training” legs you were given while in hospital to learn to walk again while your stump settles down to a consistent shape and size. As you know this type of leg doesn’t really fit well, is very uncomfortable and slow and is only just a little better than bouncing around on your butt. And offcourse I was still a little shaky, didn’t have a great gait, and was still getting my balance. My job was/is as a customer services manager type role in the transport industry (airline). I had a problem flight whereby I couldn’t provide all that was promised to all of our customers. Bottom line was - too many customers for the number of seats on the aircraft. The last people to checkin were a family group of 4 German’s which I had the difficult task of apologising to and explaining that I had to change their booked flights. As you can imagine they were not impressed, all about 6 foot tall, mum dad and 2 sons. They surrounded me, called me every name you can think of, and a few I couldn’t understand in German. They were really gaving me a hard time.........then it happened. While they were yelling at me I took a step backwards, and tripped over, no longer was I standing but rather flat on my back in the middle of the terminal building with about 200 people in the vicinity. The bucket of my “plaster training” prothesis cracked when I fell. I was embarrassed, in shock re the sudden change of my location (standing then flat on my back), and very concerned that I had broken my “leg”. The German customers heard the bucket break and all jumped backwards, ignoring all those around me I pulled up the leg of my pants to check the break. I couldn’t stand up again as it broken too badly so had to continue talking to the customers and advising them their new flight details while sitting on the floor. They were very very very quiet about the problem and not another word of complaint was heard. Strangely they actually thanked me once it was all explained. Since that incident, whenever any customer wishes to complain about anything, the staff ask me to come over and “fall over” in front of the customer. Does’nt work anymore, my balance is much better now. Rgds Glenn
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    Let's laugh at ourselves

    Seeing as this was all my idea, you get to have a laugh at my misfortune first. I had been to Sydney to have repairs made to my prothesis and was travelling home again when the following happened. Below is a copy of the email I sent down to my limb maker when I got home "complaining" about what happened. I quote - Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2001 7:54 AM Subject: Dear David + Harvey “Dear” David and Harvey, OK David, I know you weren’t impressed with the condition of my foot last Friday, but did you set me up? Read on. Saturday morning at Sydney International Airport I was walking down the aerobridge to board the QF59 flight from Sydney to Cairns when my “foot” swivelled. I hobbled onto the aircraft with many curious stares, as I had to continually flick the foot forward while walking sideways. I took my aisle seat and as soon as I sat down the foot would again drop sideways, those sitting next to me and across the aisle didn’t know where to look. During takeoff I had a good think about my predicament, I had no tools but I had to fix the leg before arrival into Cairns as there was no way I could walk from the aircraft thru the terminal with the foot the way it was. While I could take my pants and leg off in the aircraft toilet to check what had occurred there isn’t any room to manoeuvre to have a look at the problem and I have always been afraid to take my leg off during flight as the altitude causes the body to swell slightly, the last thing I need is to not be able to refit the leg. I was on a totally full B747-238 aircraft (QF59 goes Sydney/Cairns/Nagoya). It is an older type aircraft and still carries a Flight Engineer. I asked the CSM (chief purser) if she would ask the Flight Engineer if he had any allen keys and a small shifter in his onboard tool kit. After showing the CSM why I needed the tools she complied and returned with 3 allen keys and the small shifter. Now the tricky bit, I apologised to the lady sitting next to me and using rolled up my pants leg, loosened 2 allen screws and dropped the lower portion off from below the knee unit. My neighbours were most interested and just at this stage the cabin crew rolled out and commenced serving breakfast. You’ve never seen so many heads swivel. I then remembered what you had done to the foot, cutting the toes off to trim it to my size - I removed the shoe and sock and there were giggles all around. I sat the leg on my table to align it and tightened the bottom bolt, refitted the leg and the inflight entertainment was over. Thanks very much for the setup…….while I was rather pissed off at the time I had a good laugh last night. Other than the above….thanks very much, the repairs and new parts are great, I’m still getting used to the new foot but the smooth knee action is much more comfortable. Rgds Glenn The reply from David and Harvey was - G'day Glen, Sorry for the trauma caused. Wish I had have been there with a good camera. I bet nobody else on the plane could duplicate the "Linda Blair" performance. If there's anything we can do just drop us a line. Ooroo Harvey & Dave
  15. :) :) :) :) :) :) I've only been a member of this forum for a couple of weeks and have found it to be a great support to finally be able to talk to & read about others that share similiar feelings, experiences and concerns. While rightly, given the forum's overall topic title, all the posts are "deep / serious / important" etc to us all at some time and I do not wish to make light of our disability, I think we can also all benefit by having a laugh at ourselves and the situations we find ourselves in due to the fact that we are amputee's. To this end I sent a message to Johnny V yesterday with my idea of starting a new forum topic with this content. Johnny V replied accepting the idea as good, he suggested the forum topic title, so here goes. Let's all have a laugh at each others true stories. Rgds Glenn (7feet) :) :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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    Hello Phharr, I also am a right leg ak amputee. I drive an automatic with my prothesis on without any problems using my left leg/foot. My car did'nt need any modifications at all but my wifes car required both pedals to be moved to the left a couple of inches to give clearance for my right foot, still no problem for anyone else to drive (those odd 2 footed people I mean) as the placement still feels normal. Depending which country you live in you may require an engineers certificate to ensure your vehicle insurance remains valid.It only takes a short time to get used to driving with the left leg, the hardest part is teaching the left leg/foot to be gentle after it's been so used to just stabbing the clutch pedal. A few months ago I had a drive of my sons manual transmission car, only went around the block a few times but using my left leg for all three pedals makes it rather tiring (and not so safe) very quickly. Rgds Glenn
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    Hello Johnny V

    Good afternoon all, I just found another site with "swimming" components - http://rampro1.com/index.htm this site one has flexible ankle joints for swimming/skiing etc. Rgds Glenn :)
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    Niki, Why don't you contact David Howells at Advanced Prosethetics, Sydney, apc@advancedprosthetic.com.au David made all the legs for the Australian team at the last disabled olympics. Rgds Glenn B) B)
  19. :) Hi Everyone, I only found this site yesterday and joined today. I'm 46yrs old, male, been an AK amputee for 10yrs, very happily married with 2 children, employeed, live in Australia and have a great life. Like all of you I've suffered the bad days, struggled through the early days but sorted myself out (with a little help). I have a prothestic supplier that I think the world of, and am available to talk about life, the universe, and everything. Rgds Glenn
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    Hello Agnes, You ask " I am wondering how many legs I will have to make throughout my entire life". To be honest you will probably go "through" a fair few protheses in the next few months until your body stabilises. Then you will only need to change when you wear the thing out. It amazes me how our "real" knees, ankles etc seem to lat a lifetime and a protheses that is made of space age materials may only last a couple of years befor bearings wear our and need replacing. I would suggest you start with one leg only, a general purpose protheses but good quality, learn what it will do and won't do for you, learn it's strengths and weakness, before you decide you need "speciality" legs. It is possible to have a leg made which is dedicated to each function you mention, run, cycle, dance etc. but from what I understand a dedicated running leg does'nt necessarily work well for walking. All the best Glenn